Eric Aaron

Eric Aaron

Department of Computer Science
Colby College

Spring 2024 Office Hours (in Davis 113)

• M 4:00-5:30pm,
• T 1:00-2:00pm,
• W 3:00-4:30pm,
• R 1:00-2:00pm,
and by email appointment.

• Note that times for office hours may change slightly as the semester gets started.
Updates will be posted on this page.

• For the time being, please wear a mask when in my office hours.

Courses, Spring 2024

CS 375: Analysis of Algorithms
M W 1:00-2:15pm, Davis 201

CS 376: Algorithm Design and Analysis
T R 2:30-3:45pm, Davis 201

CS 446: Computational Modeling & Simulation II (Interdisciplinary Science Research)
T R 11:00am-12:15pm, Davis 117

News--NIH-Funded Game: GENOMICE

A team from Colby, SIFT, and Jackson Labs was recently awarded a $400,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to begin development of GENOMICE, an interactive video game to teach genomics concepts to undergraduate and high school students! I am co-PI on the grant, and I will contribute pedagogy, ensure that our team's pedagogical expertise is represented well in the computer programming of GENOMICE, and co-lead AI development.

News--Forthcoming Textbook from Taylor & Francis / Routledge / CRC Press

My CS346 course at Colby teaches upper-level programmers mechanistic computational modeling and simulation--programming scientific mechanisms as computational models, and running simulations to illuminate the underlying science--as well as the programming techniques that can make computer scientists more productive contributors to interdisciplinary computational science. Now, I've signed a contract with CRC Press (part of Taylor & Francis / Routledge) to publish a textbook based on this material! (Target publication date: 2025)

News--AAAI (Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence) Undergraduate Consortium

At the 2021 and 2022 AAAI Conferences, I co-Chaired the Undergraduate Consortium, an opportunity for a selected group of undergraduate scholars to meet peers and professionals, and to receive mentorship and resources to help in pursuing a career in AI research. You can check out the programs of each year's Undergraduate Consortium (2021, 2022) and a YouTube playlist of our scholars' videos describing their research!

News--WIREs Cognitive Science Journal

I have recently joined the Editorial Board of WIREs (Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews) as the Computer Science and Robotics Editor for WIREs Cognitive Science. I'm very excited to be part of a group that promotes the communication of important Computer Science and Robotics research in a forum for the Cognitive Science community!

News--E-Book: Evolvability, Environments, Embodiment & Emergence in Robotics

Along with colleagues John Long (Vassar College) and Stéphane Doncieux (Université Pierre et Marie Curie), I have co-edited a Frontiers Research Topic called Evolvability, Environments, Embodiment & Emergence in Robotics.

In November 2018, this research topic was published as an e-book, free to download! I hope anyone interested in this fascinating interdisciplinary area will check it out!


Research Interests

Interdisciplinary Computational Science, Robotics, Computational Modeling and Simulation, Artificial Intelligence, Hybrid Systems, System Verification, Cognitive Science

CV / Selected Publications

My CV is available in PDF format.

Some selected publications, indicative of some primary interests:


Other Noteworthy Publications


Contact Information

Eric Aaron
Colby College
5857 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, Maine 04901

Phone: (207) 859-5857
Fax: (207) 859-5846
Office: Davis 113

Non-academic stuff

Music is one of my most important non-academic interests. I have written about music (album reviews and features), broadcast as a jazz DJ (a weekly commercial radio show), and played in a few rock bands that successfully made it out of the garage.
Eric and guitar

Eric Aaron,